Declaration of Independence from the Culture of Acceptance

When I interact with people, the more I get to know them, the more I am BOUND to find aspects of their lives I don’t “approve” of, as in, I don’t prefer their choices, I don’t think, based on my subjective preferences and/or my understanding of the nature of ‘realty,’ that those are the best choices to make. Dare I say it, I think their choices are wrong.

This doesn’t mean to say I view them, overall, unfavorably, that I disapprove of them as a whole. It only means that this certain aspect of their life is a part I don’t cotton to, as it were.

Surely, anyone who knows me to any degree can probably cite aspects of my life that they do not “approve” of, or, think is right, or prefer.

The culture of forced ACCEPTANCE of certain aspects of living has me about fed up and done. I WILL NOT comply with your social ostracism tactics. I’d just as assume be driven out of “polite” society (which doesn’t exist, by the way) rather than comply to your heavy-handed tactics of attempting to FORCE acceptance of your lifestyle choices, through government edict, social shaming, or market assault.

I believe acting on homosexual tendencies is ‘wrong,’ and reflects a lifestyle choice I prefer not to see lived out in others. If you’re gay, though, I don’t care so much about that part of your life as I do how you interact with me, what your character is, are you trustworthy, etc.

We can be friends, if you’ll allow it. I may even grow to love you. You may even grow to love me. But I doubt very much I will ever APPROVE of your choice to act on that preference, though I most assuredly have NO DESIRE to interfere with your ability to act on your preference, so long as you do not directly threaten harm on me.

I believe that transgenderism is an illness, a mental illness (though my certainty is not super high on that belief) and that accepting transgenderism does more harm than good to the person ‘suffering’ from ‘gender dysphoria.’

But if you are transgendered, and chose to act on that preference, I do not put a significant weight on that aspect of your life as it relates to me.

As I said above regarding how I would relate to someone who chooses to act on homosexual ‘preferences,’ I don’t care so much about that part of your life as I do how you interact with me, what your character is, are you trustworthy, etc.

We can be friends, if you’ll allow it. I may even grow to love you. You may even grow to love me. But I doubt very much I will ever APPROVE of your choice to act on that preference, though I most assuredly have NO DESIRE to interfere with your ability to act on your preference, so long as you do not directly threaten harm on me.

I am hitting these two aspects of human living because, above all others, these are the aspects of human living that significant powers in the culture I am surrounded by, in the society I find myself living in, are pushing, legally, commercially, socially to gain not merely tolerance but acceptance.

If you refuse to accept homosexuality (and I want to stress the acting out part, not the preferential aspect in and of itself, which might, theoretically, be more biological in nature), if you refuse to accept transgenderism, then the powers that be seek to create an environment in which you face legal threats, social ostracism, and potentially market ruination.

Well, so be it.  I will not comply.  I will state plainly, I do NOT accept the choice to act on homosexual preference, nor do I accept the choice to act on transgendered preference.  This aspect of your life, if you fall into one or both of those groups, is not really a significant aspect of how I assess the degree to which I wish to associate with your or not.

If my acceptance is needed for you to feel comfortable associating with me, well, I have no desire to associate with you either.  I demand no acceptance from any of you for the ways in which I act on my preferences, including my heterosexual preferences I act on, including any other biological driver that may produce preference that I choose to act on.

I am far more interested in where you stand regarding how you might apply coercion against others and in how you view individuals as they relate to collectives, than in who you sleep with or whether you wish to identify as a man when you were born, biologically, as a woman.

The culture of acceptance is an intellectually bankrupt culture that conceals itself from its own self-awareness, that hides behind ghosts, ideals that, at the end of the day, have absolutely no objective truth to back them up.

So I stand on my own preferences, to associate more deeply and more often with people who prefer, as I do, to be able to act on their own preferences, with as little threat of physical violence as possible influencing that choice, and who wish to see others afforded that same power as well.

Your sexuality, your gender identity are no deal breakers for me in choosing to associate or not associate with you.  Your character, your core beliefs in human governance, your demonstrated trustworthiness are FAR more important to me than that.  You will not get my approval for those aspects of your life, nor will you get my condemnation.  This, and only this, is all I can offer, come what may.

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